2007 Korbin Kameron "Estate" Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (Elsewhere $40)

SKU #1137546 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 *Editors' Choice* A beautiful Cabernet, this has all the hallmarks of a fine wine. It’s dry, rich in tannins and elegant, with long, deep flavors of blackberries, currants and dark chocolate. It’s already throwing some sediment, so give it a careful decant.  (10/2012)

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At 2300 feet of elevation, Korbin Kameron's estate vineyard sits on the base of Mount Veeder on the Napa/Sonoma County line. This Cabernet Sauvignon hails from a fine vintage and is beginning to develop very nicely in bottle. Blended with 5% Merlot, the wine spent 20 months in 50% new French oak. From the winery: "The nose shows hints of dark cherries, pepper, and and alluring dusty-earthiness. On the palate the structure and weight are concentrated and consistent with top Cabernets, with a balance and roundess indicative of the fruit from the ridge of the Mayacamas Range. The finish lingers nicely wiht added hints of allspice, vanilla, and juniper berry."

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Staff Image By: John Majeski | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/13/2013 | Send Email
The Korbin Kameron estate vineyards straddle the steep Mayacamas range at 2300' between Napa and Sonoma, with much of its vines planted on ancient gravelly loam, allowing for excellent drainage and low-yields. Rigorous organic and biodynamic principles employed by veteran viticulturalist Phil Coturri ensure that the vineyards maintain optimal health, producing vibrant, concentrated fruit. Result? A poised, aromatic wine of focus and depth, imbued with attractive notes of blackberries, currants, vanilla, wet earth and spice. Polished, refined tannins accentuate the balance and restraint found in this soulful, well-crafted wine.
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Staff Image By: Patrick Cu | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/12/2013 | Send Email
This is a fantastic example of a serious Cab with bottle age at a great price. The 2007 Korbin Kameron Sonoma Valley Cabernet Sauvignon offers a pretty nose of vanilla, violets, cinnamon spice, blueberries, and cedar. It leads into a really pleasant mouth feel, with flavors of blackberries, dark chocolate, and vanilla, that are well integrated with oak and spice. Those flavors linger graciously well after the wine has been savored. This wine will whet anyone's appetite for a Cab that is ready to drink now.

Staff Image By: Mahon McGrath | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/12/2013 | Send Email
Tired of the fruit-forward style of Cabernet Sauvignon? Then Korbin Kameron could be the antidote. The 2007 is quite dry, with dusty cassis, cedar, graphite and dill notes. Of appealingly trim proportions, this wine shows focus and a measure of reserve, which melts just a bit on the finish, allowing some juiciness to show through in counterbalance. The tannins are modest, and the wine is probably right about at the ideal point in its evolution for drinking.

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Cabernet Sauvignon and Blends

- Cabernet Sauvignon has come a long way from its role as a blending varietal, however dominant, in the wines of Bordeaux. Today it is the most planted red varietal in the world. Identified as a descendent of Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc, the late-ripening Cabernet Sauvignon needs to be planted in warmer climates to fully ripen. Its small berries can easily be identified for their distinctive blue color, thick skins and high tannins. And while the varietal has its own definitive characteristics: green pepper-like aromas and black currant flavors among them, it is perhaps most prized for its ability to convey terroir, vintage and winemaking. A relatively new varietal, Cabernet Sauvignon started making inroads into the wines of the Médoc and Graves in the late-18th century. Today it is also dominant in the up-and-coming Entre-Deux-Mers region of Bordeaux and can also be found in Southwest France. It is the companion varietal to Sangiovese in Italy's Super Tuscans and is planted all over Europe, stretching to lesser-known winegrowing regions like Russia and Lebanon. In the Americas Cabernet Sauvignon has found champions in every nook and cranny of California and among winemakers in Washington, where it complements plantings of Merlot. In South America, Cab thrives in Chile, but can also be found in smaller amounts in Argentina and even in Mexico.

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world. Click for a list of bestselling items from the United States.


- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year. For our entire selection of California wines, please visit this link.
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Sonoma County

- Second in fame only to Napa, this "other" valley offers just about every climate and topography imaginable. From its cool and fog-enshrouded coastal regions on the far west, to the sprawling Alexander Valley on the boarder of Napa and the many little dips and peaks in between, Sonoma has been a vital wine-grape-growing region since the mid 1800s. Important sub-AVAs include Chalk Hill (known for chardonnay and sauvignon blanc), Dry Creek Valley (where zin is king) Knights Valley (largely cabernet land), Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast (both celebrated pinot and chardonnay zones).
Alcohol Content (%): 14.3